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Keys are offering a range of residential, educational and therapeutic services in various locations throughout the highlands, We are confident in our ability to find the right key that will unlock a child’s past and open their future.
KEYS CRISIS ACTIVITY SERVICE – MOOR HOUSE
This new service is located in Strathpeffer, near Strathpeffer catering for up to 6 young people aged between 10 to 17.
Crisis Care Activity Service is a non-abusive, caring, calm and motivating programme enabling staff and young people to progress and develop to their full potential through shared experience and mutual respect. We will endeavour to create an atmosphere based on truth, trust and honesty, complementing the therapeutic use of challenging outdoor pursuits.
This will raise individual self-esteem, motivation and provide strategies and skills that can be utilised in the young person’s future life.
Our Crisis Activity Service is a place where individuals, through a process of controlled and supported exposure to appropriate risk and challenge, can become familiar and practised at the use of goal setting and coping mechanisms to deal with these challenges.
Staff will enable individuals to transfer these skills to their everyday life.
The project is an extremely flexible and mobile resource, which uses outdoor activities as the basis for engaging young people with challenging behaviour who are in crisis or in need of a short-term emergency placement.
In addition to the accommodation provided at the registered children’s home, we use a variety of temporary accommodation appropriate to the programme requirements.
This includes a wide spectrum of flexible accommodation options including tents, bothy, caravans, youth hostels and other rented accommodation as appropriate. As with our registered setting, all accommodation options are rigorously assessed in terms of safety and appropriateness.
All activities/ programmes will be individually tailored to meet the needs of the young people in our care, and will be set at a pace of development that will help them remain focused, positive, and enthusiastic, all of which will give them the opportunity to regain their personal values, self-esteem, and through this enjoy achieving again.
All placements at the home should last no longer than 90-days, and during this time, we will provide placing LAs with twice weekly telephone updates and weekly chronologies that report on all aspects of their stay. These will include health, hygiene, activities, and attitude to others, positive and negative behaviour.
Birchwood House, Fort William is an established residential home providing care for up to 3 vulnerable young people aged between 8 to 18 requiring to be looked after away from home, the duration of each placement will be identified after assessment of individual needs of each young person being referred.
The service will operate within the ethos of having the needs and best interests of the young people as its focus..
Birchwood has a unique central yet private location approximately three miles from, and in close proximity to the famous ‘Neptune’s Staircase’ of locks on the Caledonian Canal.
The area itself offers a wide variety of rural pursuits. Enjoying a commanding position with views stretching over the surrounding countryside to Ben Nevis and the Nevis
Range of mountains, taking advantage of the excellent outdoor pursuits available throughout the year which including walking, mountaineering, ski-ing, sailing, fishing, golf and sight-seeing. The home has ample parking to the side and front of the property and has open lawn to the front and enclosed rear area.
Birchwood House, has highly skilled and experienced staff who want to make a real difference to young people’s lives.
To help us do this Keys have embraced the opportunity to develop and provide therapeutic treatment programmes for young people in our care, using the Safe and Sound
Model this model has two main components:
• There is a psychologically informed care pathway, with assessments and a system of outcome measurement (PICI)
• staff training to support applying this knowledge in the daily life of our home (Safe and Sound Model).
Birchwood House’s therapeutic care is individualized to the identified needs of each young person, which takes into account their story, the specific issues that they are working on, and is informed by evidence about effective interventions.
Birchwood House also demonstrate that we are making a difference through systematic use of outcome measurements.
Cromlet House, Invergordon is a residential assessment unit providing short term, task centred and respite care to vulnerable young people from the age of 8 to 16 requiring to be looked after away from home.
The service operates within the ethos of having the identified needs and best interests of the young people as its focus. The town of
Invergordon is on the shores of the Cromarty Firth and is a thriving community that offers a good range of services and facilities.
Cromlet House will also offer education facilities to all young people resident in our care. “It is recognised that young people coming into residential care, would already have experienced difficulties in their lives that are incompatible with the expectations of a stable young childhood therefore all of Keys staff teams will go the extra mile to ensure each young person achieves their personal best.
We act as responsible role models with firm but fair boundaries to support our young people through their times of trauma or upset.
We encourage improved behaviour, and discourage negative behaviour. Our aim is to make futures brighter for all young people in our care, for them to achieve their own goals, and go forward to become responsible citizens within their chosen community.”